I find exercise a chore. There you go, I said it out loud…I know I shouldn’t, I DO exercise, but I seem to go in spits & spurts of committed exercising. I enjoy walking, dancing, bike riding and so much more, but when it comes to doing something regularly my mind always dreams of Yoga, Pilates or Zumba.
I’ve been procrastinating about these things for too long. You see, I have a knee injury (2 operations later 🙁 ) and it has fuelled my fear of injuring myself further, and my mobility is something I value highly.
A little while ago I started asking around my curvy friends and colleagues about what sort of exercise they do or don’t do, and about what motivates or stops them from exercising. There was a mixed response including fear, injury or lack of a buddy to do it with, as well as a host of ladies who DO regularly exercise and attend classes or a gym, and would love to expand their range further. By far the biggest response was that when it came to a gym, or regular class, nearly all of them wanted to attend, but felt too intimidated by a room of non-curvy members. Some even went so far as to say that they have given up exercising as they felt judged by others for even attempting to exercise. (VERY SAD FACE 🙁 ).
I’m not one to worry too much about others in a room, I love to loose myself in music, and find that if I’m exercising with music I don’t notice much of what’s going on around me. But speaking to so many other curvy ladies, I know that being in a room full of women dressed in Lorna Jane is a little confronting and overwhelming.
So I decided, it’s time to lead by example, conquering my own fear, might help someone else conquer their fear.
Enter, Sarah from Body Positive Australia. I’ve been following her for a while now, and we recently got in touch and talked about this exact topic. Sarah holds Curvy Yoga classes in her studio in Ashburton, Vic and after a very inspiring and encouraging discussion with Sarah where she dispelled all the myths and concerns (read: fears!) I had about my knee hindering my ability to do yoga, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and GO FOR IT.
I’ll be attending my 1st class ever on Wednesday 4th March 2015 at 8:00pm. Sarah’s offering an 8 week introduction course.
I’d LOVE it if you would join me? Go for it, bite the bullet too, get in early make the resolution today to move past your fear and TRY. I did, and I feel better already 🙂
I recently ran a competition via Facebook for a chance to win a 5 class free pass to attend courtesy of Sarah, I asked you to write in 200 words or less about your exercising phobias or successes, I received some amazing entries, but this one from Kate stood out, here’s her entry:
I’m so close to falling in love with my body all over again. I love my heart that is full of compassion. I love my brain, full of both silliness and wisdom. I like my legs, they are strong and take me to beautiful places. I like my arms, they allow me to hold the people I love. I like my big bottom that gives me a soft place to rest. I like my tummy, a soft pillow for my cats. But I yearn to love my body, not just celebrate their respective parts and tasks. To find my curves, my heart, my wisdom and my body, whole. In yoga.
I look forward to seeing you on the yoga mat!
Love your shape!